The top 50 children's books has old favorites

February 22, 2008
Book reading

A new poll has named 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe' as the best children’s book of all time. This masterpiece that was created by CS Lewis and published for the 1st time ever 58 years ago beat its nearest competitor The Very Hungry Caterpillar into second place. The Famous Five adventure books by Enid Blyton which was not so popular till some years ago and is now amidst renewed interest come in third with 4000 votes in its favor. This poll has been carried out for the charity Booktrust. “The final fifty are a superb collection of the new and the old offering something for everyone to read” said Viv Bird, a director.

Winnie the Pooh created by A.A. Milne which first made its appearance in a poem in 1924 telling about a hungry bear who loves eating honey and undertakes stoutness exercises, was placed fourth on the list. The Big Friendly Giant by Roald Dahl was voted at 5th. Dahl is by far the most popular author with six books in the 50, his books include the likes of The Twits, Matilda and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. J.K. Rowling has just one book in the entire list of the top fifty.

As per the poll 4 in every 5 parents read bed time stories to their children every night averaging twenty two minutes a single time. Half of those parents who were questioned revealed that they read stories to their children from the time their toddlers were age 6 months and 18% told stories prior to their baby being born.

Bookstart has commissioned this poll in an attempt to highlight the fact that they distribute free books to children in the UK.